October 28, 2004

Bond Street tube station. Just a few metres away; a Pret is born. Unusual looking bloke is standing there reading the paper - not just for a few seconds - but for several minutes. Unusual place to be doing that.

Unusual-looking man standing in front of a not-yet-opened Pret reading a paper.
(Picture taken yesterday morning near Bond Street tube station.)

Posted by jag at October 28, 2004 09:25 PM

That is one giant menu they have. I wonder how good the soup is?

Posted by: Fritz on October 28, 2004 11:04 PM

Ah yes, Pret-a-Manger, that did ring my bell. Kind of hard industrial look but good stuff inside. Around 1999 I was in London for work and one of my colleagues from back then stii raves about Pret whenever I see her. It changed her life. My wife is also very enamoured of English sandwich-making. The bread is anything but great but the fillings are excellent. She prefers Marks & Sparks, though.

Posted by: David on October 29, 2004 08:29 AM

there are three pret’s withing walking distance of my uni, one on each corner and one in between. popping up every second of the day. though i like the fact they put the recipies to their sandwiches on the backs of bags. something to read.

Posted by: Jaina on October 30, 2004 10:33 AM

There is a Pret right across the street right now!

Posted by: Anand on October 30, 2004 02:04 PM

I have seen that man around for years. Standing around reading seems to be his trademark. His favourite place used to be on the corner of Gt Marborough and Poland St in Soho. I have also noticed that after he has read the paper he then starts writing really complicated equations all over it. I’ve never been close enough to see whether his mathematical scribblings actually add up or not and I ‘ve often wondered if he was a practising mathematician before he hit the streets.

Posted by: astrid on October 30, 2004 08:24 PM

Fritz: I have tried the soup a couple of times - and I have to say that it’s nothing spectacular - just OK. (And that’s if you’re lucky enough to have any - they always seem to have sold out by around 12:30pm)

David: Pret changed your friend’s life? How bizarre. (Having my lead water pipe replaced with a plastic one changed my life.)
Marks & Sparks: Well now; they were responsible for inventing the pre-packaged English sandwich! (High fat content now though.)

Jaina: Pret’s are everywhere. I remember win early nineties - there were only a few - and the one I used to go to was the one on High Holborn - not far from the junction with Grays Inn Road. Sometime I feel that they overdo it on the packaging though - e.g. plastic bag given with each sandwich etc.

Anand: Well - Pret’s are all over London - and Bristol is just another suburb of London anyway …

Astrid: you seen that guy before? Perhaps he was indeed a mathematician - he seems to have that degree of precision about him …

Posted by: Jag on November 2, 2004 10:53 PM
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